Politely Angry: An Hour Of Socially Conscious Comedy
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!
Mohan has also been featured on NPR in New York & North Carolina. He has also performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy & social vigilantism. Krish also won the 2018 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Audience Choice award!
He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”.
Learn More at youtu.be/muBFwAR7ZYs
Days and Times:
Thursday, April 4 - 8 PM Start
Saturday, April 6 - 9 PM Start
Sunday, April 7 - 8 PM Start
Shakespeare's King John: the Brawling Bard Abridged Version
Bantha Tea House becomes the Dolphin Inn of old London, and you are there, sitting next to Will Shakespeare as he struggles with his latest play, “King John.” Will’s fellow actors bring the work to life, with your help – calling on the audience to fill out the ranks of the armies, hold key props, or join in conspiracy.
Did you even know that Shakespeare wrote a play called “King John”? Neither did we! But this play has everything. Not one, but two major battles. (Or three, depending on how you count.) Royal intrigue. Family quarrels. A prince in peril. A murder that actually turns out not to be a murder that turns out to actually be a murder. An assassination that really is an assassination. And in the midst of all this, the character that Shakespeare calls simply The Bastard. Sound confusing? Don’t worry Brawling Bard has adapted, abridged, condensed, even re-written (just a little. Maybe a lot) to shape this into the comic masterpiece that Shakespeare always intended.
Brawling Bard Theater has performed at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival five times, staging original shows based on Shakespeare’s works, incorporating physical comedy and exciting fight action in each. Previous shows have won the Audience Choice award, the Spirit of the Fringe award, the Best Ensemble award, and honorable mention for Best Show.
Learn More at facebook.com/brawlingbard
Thursday, April 4 - 9 PM Start
Saturday, April 6 - 5:30 PM Start
Sunday, April 7 - 4 PM Start
Shepherds Gone Wild
One critic called them “the dirty Wiggles”—said their act of defiance was nothing short of blasphemy. Another critic referred to them as “purveyors of filth”—saying their self-serving antics caused quite an uproar in the Christian community. But all these four, washed up, middle-aged comedians were trying to do was provide a little harmless entertainment to all those parents out there who are forced day-in and day-out to sit through countless hours of mind numbing childrens’ television. What’s so wrong with that?
After forging a friendship during the stand-up comedy boom of the 1980s, these four second rate comedians land themselves a gig as the wildly popular hosts of the Rising Gospel Television Network’s “Glorious and Wholesome Children’s Television Show.” Hoping to use the show as a stepping stone to propel their careers into television superstardom, their dreams are cut short by the harsh reality of the entertainment business. Time passes and there they remain—twenty some odd years later—still waiting to take that step. After learning their show is being cancelled due to lack of viewership, a simple twist of fate give the guys an opportunity to end their careers on their terms. So, they decide to get a little “creative” with their Christmas show. I mean, what’s the harm in that? It’s not like anyone’s going to watch the show anyway…right?
Showtimes are as follows:
Thursday, April 4 - 10 PM Start
Saturday, April 6 - 10 PM Start
Sunday, April 7 - 6:30 PM Start
Vinnie Hunter is a senior at Carlow University studying for a Bachelor's in art with a minor in creative writing. Their show titled "Art for Art's Sake", is focused on the reclamation of art, specifically for the joy of both the viewer and creator. When not at school or selling art, they can be found working at local museums.
Also the band Iron and Rope will be performing at 8pm!
Velvet Determination ~ a Young Pianist's Journey to New York w/ Cynthia Shaw
Cynthia enjoyed her childhood of piano lessons and music-making. But as time went on she developed bigger dreams: moving to New York to attend the esteemed Manhattan School of Music. However, this goal was a bit more difficult than she expected. As she struggles with her self-sabotaging demons, shaky memorization and insufficient technique, she masters a falling piano, a sweltering practice room, a music-hating neighbor, a condescending teacher and other obstacles that confront a young Colorado classical pianist who has decided to tackle the Big Apple!
In this charming, music-filled 60 minute solo show, Cynthia creates over ten characters including her piano teachers: her kindly childhood teacher, her University of Denver teacher who opens up her eyes to the world of New York and her formidable first NY piano teacher. Throughout the show she’ll play the piano music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Schubert.
The show is touching, funny, honest and very musical.
And then there’s that mysterious New Yorker Magazine…….
Learn More at velvetdetermination.com/
Saturday, April 6 - 8 PM Start
Earth, Air, Water, and Fire have long represented forces that shape our world - both physical and emotional. In this workshop, we'll look at how these elements show up in tarot and plant magic. This workshop is great for anyone interested in developing their own intuition, and seeing what tarot has to offer as a means for self-empowerment. We will go over the four elements, some tarot basics including how to do a tarot reading for yourself and others, and which plants allies align with each element and suit. There will plenty of hands-on practice. If you can bring a tarot deck, that would be great. A few decks will be provided.
Guest Teacher Kelly McCarthy is a clinical herbalist in Philadelphia who likes teaching about herbal medicine, magic, and health in a way that keeps things simple and accessible. Find out more about Kelly at www.atticapothecary.com/
Sliding Scale $10-30 no one turned away for lack of funds